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Daily Spanish-language newspaper El Nuevo Dia Orlando is closing

Five years after arriving in Central Florida, El Nuevo Día Orlando, the region's only daily Spanish-language newspaper, is closing.

The paper, which has a total of 50 employees, will cease operations Aug. 29., said José F. Serra, spokesperson for the Ferré-Rangel family. They own two newspapers in Puerto Rico -- El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora -- and started the Orlando operations in Sept. 2003.

"Unfortunately, the losses have been consistent throughout the five years, and we came to the conclusion that we couldn't continue producing the paper," Serra said.

The decision is a consequence of the economic crisis in the United States, Serra said, and assured that the paper in Puerto Rico is doing well.

"This is a difficult decision for the company and we regret the inconveniences this will cause to our employees, suppliers, clients and the community," said Jaime Segura, general manager of El Nuevo Día Orlando, in a statement.

Luis Suárez, president of Asociación Borinqueña de la Florida Central, Inc., the area's largest Puerto Rican community group, said this is a great loss for the local Hispanic community.

"El Nuevo Día Orlando emphasized what was relevant news for the Hispanic community, losing it means that we lose a spokesperson for our issues, we lose an ally in the Hispanic cause," Suárez said.

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